Category Archives: Default settings

Read this and weep

Hot news: on Thursday evening in Brussels officials working on the draft ePrivacy Regulation agreed they were at an impasse. They cannot reach a consensus on the text so the matter has been referred “upstairs” to see if the outstanding … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Think again Signor Buttarelli and friends

Most people with an interest in the field will now know the Article 29 Working Party no longer exists. It has been replaced by the European Data Protection Supervisory Board (EDPB). The EDPB is an independent body made up of … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

They both got it wrong

Post-GDPR the principal focus of recent discussions between ICANN and the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has been on how entities that previously had access to WHOIS, and used it a lot, will be able to do so in the … Continue reading

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Children’s privacy moves forward in the UK

The UK Parliament adopted the GDPR pretty much as it came out of the EU’s law-making machine. Under Article 8 we agreed 13 as the age at which a child could be considered competent to give consent to their data … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

The net tightens

On 2nd September the Financial Times reported on a remarkable letter which had appeared that day in the Sunday Telegraph. Because it is behind a paywall, I reproduce the text of the epistle here: SIR – The Government launched its Green … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

A review of the obscenity laws

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced a review of the guidance it issues to prosecutors concerning obscene materials.  It closes on 17th October. This could be a great opportunity to correct a number of anomalies which have arisen since, and been … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Final version of the letter to the NTIA

The  UK children’s charities sent this in to the NTIA on 17th July, 2018. Dear NTIA, Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments on the future of the US Government’s international internet policy priorities. One in three human internet users is … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Pornography, Self-regulation